Events/Classes

February 17, 2019
7:15-9:00pm GMT

Arboreal Apiculture Salon (interactive live stream)

The topics for this sequential gathering will be announced after the initial Salon which will be live on January 13, 2019.  Hosted by Jonathan Powell, Natural Beekeeping Trust, UK and Michael J. Thiele, Apis Arborea, USA.If you would like to participate, please send an email to michael@apisarborea.com

Sign up info coming soon.

March 2, 2019
10 am – 1 pm, PST                                                                                                                                                 Interactive Live Stream

Apis Arborea – The Ancient Craft of Tree-Apiculture and Building Log Hives

“Apis Arborea” is an attempt to redefine our relationship with bees and to create a new paradigm of caring for them.

We will look at the reemergence of ancient and traditional ways of apiculture, such as the “Zeidler”, the craft of caring for bees in living trees. Rewilding habitat and nest restoration for honeybees are becoming increasingly essential for honeybees to survive.  As wild bees survive in non-managed ecosystems and nest sites, they represent a resource for new strategies for contemporary apiculture and a fundamental shift in bee stewardship.

During the workshop, we will explore various arboreal hives designs. Michael will go step by step through the process of making vertical log hives and share lots of video footage, required tools, and other resources.

This live stream gathering will provide a meeting environment, which allows for interactive learning and discussions among participants.

To sign up click here

March 23, 2019
11 am – 1 pm, PST                                                                                                                                             Interactive Live Stream

LocApiary – A vision for the collaboration of landscape, honeybees & humans

The Anthropocene and the accelerating extinction of life on earth are a wake-up call for a fundamental shift of being on earth.

LocApiary is an innovative initiative which follows a symbiotic narrative and a vision for the collaboration of landscape, honeybees & humans.  The framework of LocApiary is one of honoring and protecting the essential role of honeybees in sustaining life on our planet while rehabilitating the natural life gestures of honeybees and re-calibrating our capacities of perception and cultural identity as human beings. LocApiary promotes local collaboration of diverse constituents to protect and support honeybees and embrace dynamic resources for healing and survival.

This workshop attempts to move beyond a binary approach in our exploration of the apian matrix of life and to think literally outside the box. “We can learn so much from honeybees because they completely contradict the thoughts we form about them” (Rudolf Steiner).

Michael will share innovative gestures within the biodynamic field of apiculture and examples from current rewilding / LocApiary projects.

To sign up click here.

Green Gulch Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, CA
May 18, 2019; 9am – 4pm

Biodynamic Apiculture in the Anthropocene

“What is the truth at the center of the image honeybees were born with?”The Anthropocene and the accelerating extinction of life on earth are a wake-up call for a fundamental shift of being on earth.It is also an opportunity for innovative initiatives in the apicultural world and for the creation of ‘symbiotic narratives’ that not only place the very basic needs of honeybees at the center of our concern but also bring to light the bio-dynamic plasticity and life-giving gestures of honeybees as a keystone species and cultural innovator.In this context, the vision of rewilding of honeybees leads to the rehabilitation of natural and complex biotic systems and also re-calibrates our capacities of perception and cultural identity as human beings.“We can learn so much from honeybees because they completely contradict the thoughts we form about them” (Rudolf Steiner).

Come join us to learn and explore innovative beekeeping strategies and experience the arboreal, bee-centric landscape-apiary at the Green Gulch Farm Honeybee Sanctuary.  Open for all levels of beekeeping and bee lovers.

Registration will open soon.

Past events with Michael Joshin Thiele

Rewilding Honeybees – The Whole Hive Being
“Protecting the source, inspiring the future”

Nevada City, CA
May 19&20, 2018
Log hives beautifully provide the bees an opportunity to live as bees intend to live, in tune with their own seasonal rhythms.  Natural nest habitat is an essential aspect of preservation and renewal of honey bee health and resiliency.  The desire to help to the bees is present in many people, yet many do not necessarily want to become “beekeepers”.  Rewilding and the restoration of natural honey bee nest habitat are part of an effort to restore genetic diversity, adaptability and vitality to honey bees.  In this workshop Michael will explore the indigenous craft of arboreal apiculture, (tree bee-tending) biodynamic practices, log hives and natural nest habitat.  The workshop will provide tools for design and implementation of rewilded apiaries.  This workshop is an opportunity to think literally “outside the box”.
Open to all levels of beekeeping and bee-lovers.
Details for registration here

Occidental, CA
July 12, 2018

Reframing Apiculture
“Protecting the source, inspiring the future”

The framework of Apis Arborea is one of preserving the life and resiliency of honeybees through rewilding and through the restoration of habitat and natural hives. This allows for the development of a comprehensive and wholesome paradigm of apiculture.  In this class, Michael will share various aspects of this bee-centric approach, among them current rewilding projects, the craft of traditional tree-apiculture, bee-centric strategies for apiculture and an introduction into the intricate nature of honeybees.  Open to all levels of beekeeping and bee-lovers.

Details for registration here

Webinar

Arboreal Apiculture

July 19, 2018

In this workshop, Michael will give an introduction to ‘Apis Arborea’ and an approach to apiculture ‘outside the box’.
Rewilding and the restoration of natural honeybee nest habitat are part of an effort to develop a comprehensive and wholesome paradigm of apiculture. The accelerating loss of animal species and biodiversity reflects the urgency with which we need to move towards preservation and a systems-oriented approach. The framework of Apis Arborea is one of honoring and protecting the essential role of honeybees in sustaining life on our planet while preserving their life and fostering environments conducive to their health and dignity.
Michael will share various aspects of his work, among them examples from current rewilding projects, the craft of arboreal apiculture, bee-centric strategies for beekeeping, and an introduction to the intricate nature of honeybees.

Details for registration here

Rewilding Honeybees
Designing ‘Landscape Apiaries’

Sebastopol, CA
July 28, 2018

 This workshop is an introduction to the apian paradigm of rewilding honeybees and strategies of conservation and renewal. It will provide tools for design and implementation of rewilded apiaries.
We will study their life gesture and learn about the biodynamic plasticity and adaptability of honeybees as a super-organism. Other topics will include information about natural nest qualities, log hive designs and bee-centric management strategies. We will explore various aspects of an integrated and holistic approach to bee health and preservation, and introduce an approach which combines ‘indigenous’ and entomological resources.
This workshop is for anyone concerned for the health and survival of honeybees, backyard beekeepers, conservationists, land stewards, public and private landowners, and those interested in rewilding honeybees.

Workshop fee: $110.00; please bring your own bag lunch
Location: Michael’s Apiarium ; 686 Snow Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472

To register, please send a check to:
Michael J. Thiele
686 Snow Road,
Sebastopol, CA 95472

For further questions please email Michael.

Netherlands

Learning from the Bees Conference
Honeybee, Landscape, Human Being

August 31 – September 2, 2018
This event ‘Learning from the Bees’ will be the first of its kind – bringing together natural beekeepers, scientists, nature conservationists, artists and bee-lovers from all over the world.We will build and share knowledge building on the latest scientific research and practical experience, share inspiration and learn from initiatives and projects from grassroot to policy level and take steps towards creating an international association ‘Learning from the Bees’ that will work to protect bees and champion their interests.

Details for registration here

Green Gulch Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, CA
October 7, 2018; 9am – 4pm

Apis Arborea – The Ancient Craft of Tree-Apiculture and Building Log Hives

“Apis Arborea” is an attempt to redefine our relationship with bees and to create a new paradigm of caring for them.  We will look at the reemergence of ancient and traditional ways of apiculture, such as the “Zeidler”, the craft of caring for bees in living trees. Rewilding habitat and nest restoration for honeybees is becoming increasingly essential for honeybees to survive.  As wild bees survive in non-managed ecosystems and nest sites, they represent a resource for new strategies for contemporary apiculture and a fundamental shift in bee stewardship. During the workshop, we will build ‘honey bee nests’ in logs, using traditional and contemporary tools. Wear layers. We will be outside for most of the day.

Details for registration here

Portland, OR
November 14 – 18, 2018

Biodynamic Conference
Transforming the Heart of Agriculture

Apis Arborea – Rewilding Honeybees

In this workshop, Michael will give an introduction to ‘Apis Arborea’ and share innovative gestures within the biodynamic field of apiculture, among them the framework of an indigenous, arboreal apiculture and LocApiary, a vision of a local watershed apiary.  Rewilding and the rehabilitation of natural honeybee nest habitat are part of an effort to further develop a biodynamic paradigm of apiculture.

Details for registraion here